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Mercian Cycles To Go Into Liquidation

Derby based Cycle builder Mercian Cycles has gone into liquidation.  The firm specialised in making high quality steel frames with hand made decorative joinery ("lugs" in bike parlance).The company confirmed thr news to the publication road.cc saying: "Mercian Cycles Ltd has ceased to trade, and we have instructed an Insolvency Practitioner to assist us with taking the appropriate steps to place the Company into Creditors' Voluntary Liquidation."Opus Business Advisory Group have been appointed liquidators and said "we will be working closely with the company to help manage a controlled wind down of the business and a smooth transition for stakeholders".The bike company was founded in 1946 and was seen as quite eccentric with its lugs and flamboyant colours.  The firm had quite a cult following in the UK and the USA.However the cycling industry has had a hard time of late due to over capacity following the pandemic when everyone suddenly started to spend money on Bicycles.  Unfortunately, this new found enthusiasm did not last.

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Cazoo In Administration Move

Update 21st May 2024Cazoo is expected to go into administration today with Teneo being the appointed advisors.  The notice of intention to appoint moratorium expires tomorrow and there appears to not have been a rescue or sale. Cazoo, the online second car dealer, has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators.  The company was at one point worth £6bn and employed 5000 people.  Cazoo was floated on the US stock market and made its founder, Alex Chesterman, (on paper at least) one of the richest men in the UK.The company boomed as it offered a platform for people to buy cars online and have them delivered to their home.  The pandemic helped their growth and the company spent millions on advertising and sponsorship deals.The company admitted last week that it was burning through £10m of cash a month and that it needed an urgent capital injection to survive.Other factors contributing to its problems has been the rapid fall in second hand car values and the slower uptake of electric cars.The company is not in administration right now but has filed an intention to appoint administrators.  This means that the company has 10 days protection from its creditors, who may be threatening winding up petitions, whilst it tries to raise addition funds or sell the business.Once that time period is up they may be able to extend for another 10 days, subject to approval by the court, but there has to be a very strong reason to do so.Check the links on the right hand side for other questions regarding companies going into administration

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Notts County Administration Threat

Article Originally published in February 2019 The worlds oldest football league club, Notts County, risk going into administration, according to an exclusive Sky Sports News report. The club are five points from safety of the league, with a financial crisis giving their future many red cards. Chairman, Alan Hardy brought the club in January 2017, and put it up for sale just last month. To purchase the club, it has been revealed that Hardy used a loan from his interior design company, Paragon. The recent accounts posted on Companies House in June 2017, refer to a ‘related party debt’, of £7m, for Paragon Interiors Group – the value of the funds used to buy the club. Paragons business situation stresses administration, with the company already stopping work on numerous projects, advising customers they will hope to catch up in March. If the business call in administrators, the debt from Notts County is likely to be demanded, leaving huge doubt for the football clubs finances and future. Supporters to the club have watched them loose their league two play-off semi final to Coventry in May…thinking that was bad, they now watch them face relegation for the first time of the 157-years of existence. Will the final whistle be blown? Is this the end?

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15 UK Stores to Close and 245 Jobs Lost for Ted Baker

08th April 2024Administrators announce that Ted Baker is to close 15 UK stores (of which ''have no prospect of being returned to profitability, even with material rent reductions") and cut 245 jobs.Of this, 11 stores will close by 19 April, resulting in the loss of 120 jobs.Then 25 roles from head office will go along with a further 4 stores, impacting the remaining 100 jobs.For the full list of closing stores:Birmingham Bullring Bristol Bromley Cambridge Exeter Leeds Liverpool One London Bridge Milton Keynes Nottingham Oxford Bicester London Brompton Road London Floral Street Manchester Trafford 22nd March 2024Teneo has been appointed as administrator of No Ordinary Designer Label (NODL) Limited - the company of which runs 46 Ted Baker stores in the UK along with a website and concessions.NODL has approx. 975 employees.Authentic Brands, which licenses the Ted Baker brand to the NODL, is in advanced discussions with potential buyers for the company.Reported reasons for the appointment of administrators are the struggles the firm faced following damage done during a partnership and a high level of arrears built up during a partnership with AARC Group. At the end of January 2024 AARC and NODL cut ties. 19th March 2024 It has been reported that Ted Baker, the clothing retailer, has filed a Notice of Intention to Appoint Administrators. This move is designed to give it a chance of recovery by protecting it from creditors legal actions for a 10 day period.  An injection of capital or a sale is hoped to be achieved during this period.A filed winding up petition (subsequently withdrawn) forced Ted Baker's hand.This latest move comes after the company delisted from the Stock Exchange and was sold to US-based Authentic Brands Group (ABG) for a knockdown price of £210m.  This follows a similar pattern to The Body Shop that was also bought out by private equity and then months later went into administration. Why don't these companies consider using a CVA to lower their debt? The likely reason is that these companies have been loaded with lots of secure debt which cannot be compromised by a CVA.  Property costs, HMRC, and suppliers are unsecured and can be bound by the terms of a CVA.  So, in essence, it wasn't expensive shop premises that have caused problems but indebtness.Ted Baker has suffered, like many other retailers, by the lockdowns, cost of living crisis and has borrowed money to try and survive.John McNamara, chief strategy officer for Authentic Brands Group, said: “We wish that there could have been a better outcome for the Ted Baker employees and stakeholders. We remain focused on securing a new partner to uphold and grow the Ted Baker brand in the UK and Europe where it began.”The company employs more than 900 staff and currently operates 46 stores across the country, as well as online and through department store concessions.There has not been an announcement on any redundancies yet.

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Matchesfashion to dwindle into administration

Matchesfashion, the luxury online clothes retailer is to be put into administration by Mike Ashley's Frasers Group.Sky News reports that a number of brands terminated their relationship with the site and the company faced heavy losses, thus the filing of a notice of intention to appoint administrators.Other sources have reported that some of the brands have not been paid for months and that some suppliers were asked for discounts.Along with this, there has been a sharp slowdown noticed across the global luxury goods sector, as the UKs current economic state has left many consumers with less disposable income to put towards such goods.Frasers Group took on the clothing platform not even 3 months ago. It is not clear if control would remain with Frasers in the event of a pre-pack insolvency.Nick Beighton has led the company since 2022. With his leadership the platform saw a steep increase in performance, said to be due to his renewed focus on operational efficiency and effective marketing. It is also unclear if Mr Beighton would continue in his role post-administration.Matchesfashion features more than 500 established and 'new generation' designers, delivering to over 170 countries.Matchesfashion is the second high-profile retailer to be put into administration shortly after being taken over in recent weeks. Earlier this year Aurelius placed the UK chain of The Body Shop into administration.  Why does this happen?  Could it be hubris or do these buyers see more value in the brand name rather than the actual business in the long term.  The brand name is usually retained and sold back to the original owners if the business as a whole is not sold to a third party.Will the clothing platform be brought back to life?

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Matchesfashion to dwindle into administration

The Body Shop To Exit Administration With A CVA

According to reports the Body Shop may be using a CVA to exit from administration in order to continue trading.  The administrators have drawn up plans to discuss rent cuts with landlords.  Read our page on administration followed by CVA 20th February 2024The Body Shop has announced that it will close approximately half of its stores, starting with 7 that will close immediately today; Surrey Quays (London), Oxford Street (London), Canary Wharf (London), Cheapside (London), Nuneaton (Warwickshire), Ashford Town Centre (Kent), Bristol Queens Road (Bristol).Along with the store closures, is the cutting of 40% of roles at its London headquarters - leaving around 400 full-time employees.The Body Shop ambassador programme is also going to close. This is the scheme were individuals sell products for a commission.Administrators say the brand's current portfolio is ''no longer viable'' after ''years of unprofitability''. The restructuring will include a renewed focus on the companies' products, online sales channels and wholesale. 13 February 2024Following the reports this weekend, administrators from FRP Advisory have officially been appointed to ''accelerate the restructuring'' of the UK arm of The Body Shop.Administrators will explore all options going forward for the business.Joint administrators, Tony Wright, Geoff Rowley, and Alastair Massey, will continue to trade the business in administration. 12 February 2024It has been reported this weekend that cosmetics retail chain, The Body Shop, is preparing to appoint administrators from FRP Advisory to its UK arm. This comes just six weeks after the chains new owner, Aurelius, took control.It is understood that the retailer experienced weak trading over the festive period and early January, coupled with having insufficient working capital.In the UK, Body Shop has 200 stores to the along with its headquarters in London -It seems unlikely that the British cosmetics, skin-care and perfume company, set up by the late Anita Roddick, will disappear from our high streets completely.  What is likely, is that there will be a focus on reducing its costs and building up a stronger online presence.  The brand still has appeal for its ethical stance and is popular with younger shoppers. Though the process of administration is being explored for the UK operations, the brands global franchise partners are not affected.In fact, very recently, parts of The Body Shop's businesses across Europe and Asia  have been sold to an unnamed family office - according to Retail Week.Will we see The Body Shop appoint administrators? Will there be a change in owners for the fourth time?It is interesting to see that the company has not opted for a Company Voluntary Arrangement.  This may be due to the fact that its problems do not stem from a number of poorly performing stores (which can be exited in a CVA) but to more widespread difficulties.  It is also likely that the owners have security over the assets of the brand.  If they have security then they can appoint administrators and are first in line for any payouts.This news piece will be kept up to date in accordance to current events. You can find out more on this story from BBC News. 

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The Body Shop To Exit Administration With A CVA

Readie Construction Goes Into Administration

Readie Construction which had a turnover of £421m has gone into administration with Begbies Traynor.The administrators put out the following statement “Unfortunately, the Company will cease to trade immediately and the Joint Administrators will begin to wind down its operations with immediate effect. Creditors of the Company are asked to contact Begbies Traynor on readie@btguk.com to register a claim.  “Having just been appointed, we are assessing the situation and further updates will be made as and when it is appropriate.” We believe Readie is too risky to continue trading in administration and therefore the newly appointed administrators have closed the business down.It is highly likely that all employees will leave the business immediately. Also we should add that at least £40m of suppliers and subcontractors bills will go unpaid, hammering many smaller companies in the South East.If you are impacted by this and need a plan to recover, speak to the rescue experts at KSA Group.  Call on the number on the site or email us help@ksagroup.co.uk

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Dot Dot Loans Goes Into Administration

Dot Dot Loans owner the Morses Club and Shelby Finance has gone into administration with the loss of 101 jobs. 272 staff remain across the two firms whilst the administrators look for a rescue or sale.Ed Boyle and Rob Spence from Interpath Advisory have been appointed as joint administrators.The companies have been under financial stress since the Morses Club is now facing lots of customer redress claims for offering them unaffordable loans.In May 2023, the Morses Club entered into a Scheme of Arrangement which is a system of restructuring used for complex financial companies and trusts and is administered by lawyers.The administrators said; “However, despite management’s best efforts, Morses Club has been unable to complete the refinancing of its existing debt facilities and therefore, the directors took the decision to appoint administrators to the businesses.As a result of the insolvency of Morses Club, the scheme automatically terminates early – further information regarding the impact on customers who submitted a claim in the scheme is available on its website”Shortly prior to the appointment of the joint administrators, all new lending ceased, but the companies continue to collect outstanding loans from customers.Administrators said it was "important that customers continue to make payments on outstanding loans as they fall due, as not doing so is likely to impact their credit rating/profile and their ability to borrow".The joint administrators will be working with the employees affected by redundancy over the coming days to provide them with support.

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Safestyle UK Goes Into Administration

LATEST:Following this mornings announcement, it has been shared that the business has gone into administration. Rick Harrison and Will Wright from Interpath Advisory were appointed joint administrators to H.P.A.S Limited, trading as Safestyle UK, Style Group Holdings Ltd and Style Group UK Ltd on 30 October 2023.Redundancies have been made for 680 of its 750 strong workforce. If you are an employee and have been made redundant or are concerned about what this means for you, please check out our guide.For customers, if you have outstanding orders then they are not going to be fulfilled - unless a buyer is found and the orders are included in the deal.A Bradford based double glazing windows firm has announced its intention to appoint administrators. Safestyle UK announced that it would appoint administrators after weeks of uncertainty at the company. They acknowledged that they haven't been successful in finding a buyer for the company or fresh financiers to provide funding.The company's share price has been falling due to unfavourable trading updates during the autumn, and at the beginning of the month, they announced that they were seeking new investors to provide more funding for the company.They published the following statement on Friday night:Safestyle UK plc (AIM: SFE.) announces that following its announcement of 26 October 2023 (the “26 October Announcement”), the interested parties that were, at that time, involved in the Proposed Sale process as defined in that announcement, have withdrawn their respective interests.Therefore, the Board of the main trading subsidiary of the Group, H.P.A.S. Limited (“HPAS”) and other intermediate holding companies in the Group, namely Style Group Holdings Limited and Style Group UK Limited, has concluded that they are no longer able to continue trading as a going concern.Consequently, the Board has filed notice of intention to appoint administrators to HPAS, Style Group Holdings Limited and Style Group UK Limited in Court today.Unless financial circumstances change, and in accordance with statutory requirements, the board of these three companies intends to appoint administrators within 10 business days.Further announcements will be made as and when appropriate.You can read the original statement here:Additionally, a text message reportedly from the CEO confirms to employees that the business will be put into administration and that there will be a Teams call on Monday at 2:00 PM, at which additional details will probably be disclosed. The way that the intention to appoint administrators was communicated to the personnel has already drawn criticism.A analysis on how the biggest window and door installer dropped from a £250 million valuation to nothing in just six years will one day be conducted. However, employees' top concern right now is whether they will get paid for the work they have completed. Homeowners will be worried about paid deposits, unfinished repairs, and work that needs to be done. Suppliers will be concerned about what will happen to their current inventory and if they will be reimbursed.

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What Does Going Into Administration Mean?

Going into administration is when a company becomes insolvent and is put under the control of Licensed Insolvency Practitioners.  The directors and the secured lenders can appoint administrators through a court process in order to protect the company and their position as much as possible. Going Into Administration - A Simple Guide Administration is a very powerful process for gaining control when a company has serious cashflow problems, is insolvent and facing serious threats from creditors. The Court may appoint a licensed insolvency practitioner as administrator. This places a moratorium around the company and stops all legal actions.The administration must have a purpose and the Government encourages the use of company rescue mechanisms after administration. The 3 purposes (or objectives) of Administration Rescuing the company as a going concern. Company rescue as a going concern – this is usually a  company voluntary arrangement. The company enters protective administration and is then restructured before entering into a CVA. The CVA would set out proposals for repayment of debts to secured, preferential and unsecured creditors. When the company has its CVA approved by creditors, then the administration process comes to an end after 28 days. Achieving a better result for the company's creditors This is as a whole than would be likely if the company was to be wound up (liquidation) See the differences between Administration and Liquidation.  This better result is usually obtained by selling the BUSINESS as a going concern to one or more buyers. The company and the debts are “left behind”. The better result may include securing transfer or employees under TUPE, as well as selling goodwill, intellectual property and assets. Controlling and then selling property/debtors. This is called realising assets. Then the administrator makes a distribution to one or more secured or preferential creditors, in order of creditors priority. Usually the business ceases trading and employees are made redundant.Only if the first two options are deemed unattainable, can the administrator use this third option.Under the administration option, it is possible for the company and its directors (or a creditor like the bank) to apply to the court to put the company into administration through a streamlined process.However, the law requires that any finance provider (like a bank or lender), with the appropriate security, is contacted and the aims of the administration be discussed and approved. The finance provider must have a fixed and floating charge (usually under a debenture) and the charge holder will need to give permission for the process to go ahead. Five days clear notice is required.  Be aware, though, that a secured lender can appoint administrators over a company without notice if it thinks its money is at risk.  So communication with the secured lender is essential.  

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Wilko collapses into Administration

29 September 2023Sky News share today that after seeing some proposals from PwC, it is likely that unsecured creditors will receive between 4p and 8p in the pound, from the collapse of Wilko.According to the proposals, The Pension Protection Fund (£20m owed as a secured creditor), along with Barclays (£2.4m owed) and Hilco UK (£39.9m owed) are expected to be paid in full. The PPF is also owed monies as a unsecured creditor,13th September 2023The Range has purchased Wilko's brand and online assets for a total of £5m it is understood. An announcement is expected by the administrators later.  The Range was under pressure to buy the assets as it faced increased competition from online marketplace OnBuy.12th September 2023The owner of Poundland has agreed to take on the leases of dozens of Wilko shops.Pepco Group, which owns Poundland in the UK, is expected to convert up to 71 Wilko stores to the Poundland brand.11th September 2023Today we here the news that the rescue deal on the cards with HMV owner, Doug Putman, has collapsed. It is expected that now administrators of PwC will strike deals with The Range and Poundland's owner.The Range is likely to purchase Wilko's brand and online assets, whereas Poundland are in talks to buy 100 stores.5th September 2023B&M has bought 51 Wilko shops (locations not disclosed) for £13 million after the discount retailer collapsed into administration.The shops are set to be rebranded as B&M.  The retailer did not acquire Wilko’s brand name or any of its intellectual property. It said it would provide an update on the timing of the new B&M openings in November.Despite this arrangement with B&M, a further 1,332 jobs have been lost. Across 52 Wilko stores, 1,016 redundancies will take place, alongside a loss of 299 roles at two of its distribution centres and 17 at its digital operations department.Conversations with administrators continue.Sky News report more.31st August 2023The latest update to be heard on the situation with Wilko is that OnBuy, the online marketplace, has made a last minute rescue bid for the brand. As reported in the Retail Gazette, it is thought that OnBuy only want to continue trading through Wilko.com.Just earlier on today, it was revealed that a proposed £90m deal from private equity firm, M2 Capital, claiming to retain all employees' roles for two years, whilst it saved Wilko from collapse, had fallen through. The bidder was unable to file the relevant paperwork in time which meant the inability to provide proof of funding.Following this, redundancies will shortly commence, with:269 employees at the retailer's support centre (Worksop) to be made redundant from close of play 4th September 14 employees at Kin Limited to be made redundant from close of play 4th September - this is a subsidiary of Wilko For the two distribution stores in Worksop and Newport, redundancies expected to be announced from next weekJoint administrator Jane Steer said: “It’s with great sadness that we announce these redundancies. We’re incredibly grateful to these team members for the support and dedication they’ve shown to the company, particularly over the last few very difficult weeks. We will continue to do all that we can to support staff through this period of difficult upheaval, and to maximise their opportunities for a rapid return to work. Our priority is to ensure that all team members affected by redundancy are assisted in processing their claims with immediate effect. We will be circulating correspondence to all staff as soon as possible which will outline the support available to complete redundancy payment forms. Advice and assistance will also be available from Job Centre Plus and other agencies.''With this in mind, talks are underway still with HMV owner, Doug Putman and PwC.28th August 2023The latest on Wilko x Administration threat is that Doug Poutman, HMV owner, is in discussion with PwC about offering a finance offer for hundreds of Wilko stores. He seeks a £50m backing to do so. If this falls unsuccessful, a deal with Poundland is likely to go ahead.24th August 2023We hear an update today from the administrators of Wilko. They share that jobs are set to go and stores will close as no buyer has been found for the business as a whole. This being said, some parts of the group could be bought.In a statement, PwC said: "While discussions continue with those interested in buying parts of the business, it's clear that the nature of this interest is not focused on the whole group. Sadly, it is therefore likely that there will be redundancies and store closures in the future and it has today been necessary to update employee representatives.''23rd August 2023Rumours share that Poundland owner,  Pepco Group is in talks with PwC to acquire around 100 Wilko stores. Alongside this, B&M European Value Retail are supposedly negotiating over 40-50 stores. There are then various other value retailers, like TOFS, of whom have lodged offers to acquire smaller parts of Wilko's 400 store strong chain.A more official announcement is expected tomorrow on at least some of the sale agreements.Even with such agreements, there still remains risk of some site closures and job losses.Let's see what is to come...18th August 2023The deadline for interested parties to put forward a rescue deal for Wilko has passed. Administrators weigh up rescue bids. In the meantime,  a secondary sale begins, with discounts on hundreds of products in store.It has been heard that B&M, Poundland, The Range and Home Bargains - all competitors of the homeware retailer, have had interest to submit an offer.Whilst PwC are working on this case, no redundancies have been made. Only time will continue to tell the chains future.14th August 2023Companies vying to buy Wilko have been given until Wednesday 16th August to make an offer for the homewares chain which fell into administration last week.10th August 2023High Street home wear retail chain, Wilko, has collapsed into administration appointing PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as administrators. This leaves 12,000 jobs at risk, as well as the future of many of its 400 stores.With the appointment of PwC, it triggers administrators to run a further administration sale, to see if there are any last minute rescue offers. However, should this not be successful, the 93-year-old chain will close and have its assets sold - making Wilko the biggest casualty of the High Street this year.  If you are an employee, worried about what this means for you, read our guide.Further updates to follow.9th August 2023Wilko has suspended all home deliveries, suggesting a fall into administration is inevitable. Talks with buyers have been underway, but it is thought nothing much will come from them, with the latest updates.8th August 2023 The owner of the Laura Ashley brand, Gordon Brothers, is in talks about a potential rescue deal for Wilko. Insiders say the offer may involve Gordon Brothers providing funding to the retailer to implement a restructuring which would involve a key amount of stores closing and jobs lost.PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which is advising Wilkos', is understood to be seeking binding offers within days, with the company close to running out of cash. Should PwC be appointed as administrator, a further sale process will proceed before embarking on a liquidation of the retailers assets, if no rescue deal comes through.3rd August 2023News today is that Wilko is teetering on the brink of administration, with 12,000 jobs at risk.Despite offers from potential buyers, the needed liquidity to cover the cash pressures being faced, has not been met.Mark Jackson, CEO of Wilko announced the decision to file a notice of intention to appoint administrators. In the meantime, discussions will continue with interested parties in the hope of a late-coming rescue. Watch this space!  A notice of intent gives the company 10 days for a rescue deal to be agreed.  If nothing is forthcoming then it is likely that the company will go into formal administration with the loss of thousands of jobs.27th July 2023It has been reported that Hilco have put in another £5m into Wilko to help with the current cash flow problems.19th June 2023It has reported in the news that landlords of Wilko face the chance of no rental payments for at least the next three years, as a CVA is likely to launch in the next month. The restructuring arrangement looks to cut rents at 240 of its 400 stores, with no stores facing closure.One source close to the process told The Times, that the retailer will soon run out of funds and could collapse into administration if a CVA is not agreed.12th June 2023Wilko has brought in CBRE property advisors to open negotiations with landlords on rent reductions.According to the latest news, Wilko is exploring a Company Voluntary Arrangement, in order to renegotiate rents and potentially close some stores, as part of its cost-cutting plans.PwC advisors are said to have been approached, to look into the various restructuring options possible.Chief executive Mark Jackson remarked: “We’re in the early stages of the turnaround and, as is usual, the directors continue to explore all options for Wilko’s long-term future.”16th February 2023Wilko has announced plans to cut more than 400 jobs, including assistant store managers, retail supervisors, head office managers and call centre workers, in the troubled retailer’s latest effort to control costs.4th January 2023It has been reported that Hilco, the retail turnaround fund, has lent £40m to Wilko to secure its long term future.Wilko has said that it has received a £30m emergency loan to see it through the Christmas trading period. It has already sold its distribution centre for £48m and leased it back. Hopefully this will be enough.In a statement Jerome Saint-Marc, Wilko CEO comments:“Our relationship with our lending partners is solid. The recent sale and leaseback of our distribution centre to DHL earlier this week unlocked £48m which has enabled us to repay our revolving credit facility in full. We’re taking this opportunity, now that the deal is done, to review how we manage our ongoing financing to best trade through the current retail environment while continuing to invest in our future.”Suppliers to Wilko have had their credit insurance withdrawn according to reports. If true, this is a big blow as that now means that suppliers will be reluctant to grant Wilko any credit, so putting serious strain on the retailers finances.Both Retail Week and Retail Gazette have reported that the restructuring advisors Teneo have been instructed by Wilko, the homewares store, to look at how it can turnaround its fortunes. Last month it announced that it was extending its payment terms to 60 days and that anyone due to be paid in September would be paid in November.These are indications that the company is struggling. So what options does the chain have? It has already closed down 15 stores but if it needs to close down many more, that might be subject to long leases, then a company voluntary arrangement is a good way to do this. High rents may not be the issue here but increased competition and a drop in trade as the cost of living crisis bites.

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Wilko collapses into Administration